Intentional Mornings

 

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Do you have a morning routine, or wish you did? Do you feel like you waste hours each morning, because you’re unfocused? I’m going to share my morning thoughts with you. We’ll see if we can get a smoother start to our days.

Morning People

I am a morning person who is still not “feeling it.” I can get up early without being grumpy, most days. But, lately, ugh. I just can’t seem to get traction consistently.

Most morning people I know feel like they waste the entire day if their morning is not fairly productive. I don’t mean that you have to work like the house is on fire the second you bounce out of bed. If I know I need a “down day” then I feel I waste a good chunk of that day if I spend the morning catching up on email. That’s not refreshing. If I need to get a lot done on a particular project, I must get some of it going that morning, or I’m sure I’m far behind by lunch. good morning feeling going. So, I’m playing around with what I do.

Develop Routine

A few months ago, I went through a process of making my mornings more intentional by developing a routine. I feel the need to revamp it again, so this is what I’m doing:

  • For a couple of days, observe what you naturally do during the morning hours. Make a list, but don’t worry about the order.
  • You could observe how much time each activity tends to take, but you don’t have to.
  • Examine the list and put numbers next to each activity, in the order you think you should do them.
  • Try the list out for a few days, tweaking the order, but not worrying about how much time it takes to do each activity.
  • After the order is established, then think about timing.  Which activities need a time limit? Which need to take place before a certain time? Which should take place after a certain time.
  • Make a final routine list with time requirements listed (not too detailed. Only the ones that really matter)  and keep it where you can see it every day. Try not to make any changes with this list until you’ve implemented it for two full weeks.

When I went through this method (over a week or two) it really helped me. I discovered that I needed to have everything done on that list by 11:00 a.m. to feel like I had a great morning. I also decided that some things would not happen on weekends, while other things needed to happen every week day, but not until after 9:00 (things like posting to Twitter or posting on my Facebook page.)

Revamp Routine

I also discovered that it’s best not to start with Facebook, email, and the news at 6:00 a.m. Unfortunately, that is part of my current routine. So, that’s what I’m working to change this time around. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Question: What do you value in your morning routine? What makes your morning work for you?

 

2 thoughts on “Intentional Mornings

  1. Thanks for this post. I have more freedom this school year than I have ever had (after 15 years!!! of little ones with me, I finally have all my kids in school all day, praise God!) and I am finding that the unstructured time is…not so great. I am getting less done than I would like, and I am typically a real go-getter type of person. I am going to try this method. Social media is sucking up too much of my time. I have been trying writing up a little schedule for myself and setting an alarm on my phone, but I always go over my time and still don’t get done what I need to. I have trouble focusing on my writing in blocks of time.

    • I’m always playing around with my morning routine. And, I make sure I have time to take a break from the routine as well (like on weekends.) One guy recommended putting your ideal morning schedule (down to the minute) on an index card and carrying it around, checking it constantly. He said when he did this for several mornings, he was able to adopt it and carry it out more consistently. Not sure if I’m up to that, but I might try it.

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